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Keselowski hangs on to edge Kyle Busch in Nationwide

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LAS VEGAS — Brad Keselowski overcame electrical trouble and held off Kyle Busch to win the Nationwide series race Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the first time.

In his eighth Vegas start, Keselowski earned his 28th Nationwide win on his 20th track. The 2012 Sprint Cup champion did it despite a remarkable series of setbacks and challenges in the Boyd Gaming 300 race that left him more relieved than excited.

"We found every way we could to make it hard," Keselowski said. "This Ford was flying. These races aren't getting any easier to win. I drove as hard as I could, every lap."

Busch was second on his hometown track after starting 37th. Busch, who was sent to the back for making adjustments after qualifying, was decidedly unimpressed with his car's engine, which is from Joe Gibbs Racing, not Toyota.

"Our car was super fast on the long run," Busch said. "Best motor won, that's for sure. Probably the best car. He was really good. That's all we had."

Kyle Larson was third despite early damage to his car, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished fourth in front of 18-year-old rookie Chase Elliott, the son of legendary driver Bill Elliott.

Keselowski led 144 of the 200 laps despite losing three spots early after sliding through his pit box. He later lost power because of a faulty alternator, forcing him to turn off equipment.

"I knew it was just a matter of time before (Busch) caught me," Keselowski said. "I was just trying to get through as much traffic as possible."

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